• Lorey Cavanaugh

Kitchen Tour Tickets on Sale Now!

Tickets benefit the "Great New House on A Hilltop"

the Hill-Stead Museum & the Captivating Woman Behind its Creation

Tickets to the 2019 Kitchen Tour are on sale now! Enjoy this self-guided tour of 7 select kitchens in West Hartford plus the KBDC Showroom.

All ticket sale proceeds will benefit Hill-Stead Museum, supporting preservation of its collections and providing dynamic family, educational and arts-related programming.

September 17, 1889: plans were developed by the architecture firm of McKim, Mead and White for the Pope family. Theodate Pope-Riddle submitted her plans to the firm for development of the home. In Theodate's words, "...We have now decided instead of having you submit sketches to us, to send you the plans I have been working [on] for intervals for some years … Consequently, as it is my plan, I expect to decide on all the details as well as all the more important questions of plan that may arise... In other words, it will be a Pope house instead of a McKim, Mead, and White."

As an added bonus, guests will have the opportunity to view a designer’s rendition of what the original Hill-Stead kitchen may have looked like, with a tour of the existing original butler’s pantry.

Get your tickets by cash or check at:

Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction , 13 Sedgwick Road, West Hartford

the Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain, Farmington

Online at

Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 the day of the tour.

Dubbed the “great new house on a hilltop”, The Hill-Stead was created by Theodate-Pope Riddle, identified as one of the first licensed women architects in Connecticut, as well as a woman ahead of her time. It was constructed between 1899-1901 as the retirement home for her parents, and with their vast collection of impressionist art in mind. Her story resonated with Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction owner Lorey Cavanaugh, also a woman in the still mostly male dominated construction industry.

Theodate Pope-Riddle, the enterprising woman behind the design of Hill-Stead, Farmington, CT.

The story behind the Hill-Stead Museum is a fascinating one. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Theodate was schooled at Miss Porter’s in Farmington. She had always dreamed of living on a farm, and this desire intensified during her time here as a student.

It was on a family trip to Europe following her graduation that she began sketching the various buildings she encountered and became fascinated by the Tudor and Cotswold styles of architecture, developing plans for a farmhouse of her own. Turning her back on a life as a debutant, focused on family and social prominence, she was encouraged by her father to develop her technical skills. Purchasing and renovating her own home in Connecticut, led to her early training. Over the next 20 years she pursued her architectural career designing not only her parent’s home she named Hill-Stead, her first completed architectural project, but the reconstruction of the birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt in New York, designing Westover School in Middlebury, CT, Hop Brook School in Naugatuck, and Avon Old Farms among others. She became a member of the American Institute of Architects in 1918.

Theodate died in 1946 leaving instructions that Hill-Stead was to be preserved and remain unchanged, becoming a museum, open to the public. To this day, her architectural work is significant, as is her standing as a woman in the field of architecture. Even in 2019, the field of architecture is vastly male, with one recent study stating that only 18% of licensed practicing architects are women.

The Hill-Stead museum, a Colonial Revival home, designed by Theodate Pope-Riddle, now a museum dedicated to housing a vast collection of impressionist paintings along with educational and arts-related community programming.

Come and enjoy a day of beautiful kitchens, designed by Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction, in support of this true Connecticut treasure.


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